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The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

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How to Treat the En-suite

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:34

As man advances and progresses in developments and technology, the levels of comfort in his life also proportionately increase. Among the many facilities with which we are now pampered is that of the en-suite toilet.

There was a time when the toilet was outside the home. Using it at night was literally a nightmare! Navigating through the yard in the dark was itself a mission, let alone the fear of being given a fright.

When a person steps onto the battlefield, he has to ensure that he is armed and well equipped. Otherwise, he will be vulnerable and prone to danger. Similarly, on account of the toilet being the devil’s ‘battlefield’, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has shown us certain weapons with which we can equip and protect ourselves from danger and harm.

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Turning Point

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:38

Allah Ta‘ala mentions in the Quraan Majeed, “Whoever honours the distinctive signs of (the deen of) Allah Ta‘ala, then it is from the piety of the hearts.” (Surah Hajj v32)

Respect for the symbols of deen denotes taqwa in a person’s heart. In the past there were those mothers who, when the azaan was called out, would shout out to their children saying: “Quickly switch off the haraam TV, azaan is going”. When it was Friday they would say, “Today is Jumu‘ah, no TV.” and when Ramadhaan arrived, they would announce, “Listen children, Ramadhaan has come so there will be no TV in this house.” As a result, the Shaitaan box used to be covered and put away.

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Personalized Gifts

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:53

Imagine awakening one morning and opening the front door, only to be greeted by the sight of a beribboned basket packed with steaming croissants, a flask of hot coffee, a jug of freshly squeezed orange juice and other fresh breakfast delights! You wonder who your generous benefactor could possibly be as the accompanying note merely says, “Hope you enjoy”.

To your absolute delight, this early morning treat continues. Every morning without fail, the basket arrives on your doorstep, containing a different selection of tasty treats. By the time the third or fourth morning dawns, you are extremely eager to identify your well wisher so that you can, at the very least, say “Thank You”.

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No More Magz and News

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 15:26

By and large, the magazines and newspapers of today are filled with the same things. Nearly every edition must have:

· How to lose weight (which gives or reinforces the complex within people that they will never be happy or successful unless they are slim and trim).

· Advertisements of the latest products and trendiest homes (which creates discontentment and greed in the heart as we fell that what Allah has already given us is not good enough).

· Love advice (which teaches you how to indulge in zina in the easiest way possible).

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Enjoying Arabic

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:34

Little children love writing and colouring. As mothers, we need to take advantage of this interest and use it to benefit the child. Let us start by using this as a medium to introduce them to the language of the Quraan Majeed, the language of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the language of Jannat - “Arabic”.

Start with the Arabic alphabet and take it one letter at a time. Our child should continuously write out that letter until he is able to write it easily and clearly. If done correctly, this entire exercise will not only be fun and interesting for the child but will also enhance the child’s ability to easily recognize the letters of the Arabic alphabet.

With time we can move onto small, easy words and we will be greatly pleased to see that all of this will create a bond and love in the child’s heart for the Arabic language. This will insha-Allah ultimately embed the love of the Quraan Majeed in the child’s life, aameen!

   

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